Romney Heads to England, Israel, Poland: Meeting Cameron, Kenny, Netanyahu, Walesa & More

Governor Mitt Romney is going overseas…

On Tuesday, after delivering a speech in Reno, Nevada to the Veterans of Foreign Wars at their annual conference, Romney will embark on a six-day, full schedule, listening tour to England, Israel, and Poland:

The presumptive Republican nominee and former Massachusetts governor will meet with the leaders of all three countries, other government officials, opposition leaders, and at least one U.S. ambassador. He plans to attend the opening ceremony of the Olympics, visit sites of historical significance, and hold public events in at least two of the countries.

Aides say Romney does not view the trip as an opportunity to roll out any new policy proposals. “This trip is an opportunity for the governor to listen and learn, to visit countries that share common values, common interests, and I should say in many cases shared heritage with people here in the United States,” Romney’s policy director, Lanhee Chen, told reporters in a conference call previewing the trip.

… While Romney is likely to highlight differences in his approach to international relations relative to Obama, he is expected to refrain from attacking Obama while traveling abroad.

A preview of The Gov’s itinerary…

England

The Olympic rings are lit up on Tower Bridge in preparation for the start of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England. The Opening Ceremony takes place Friday, July 27, 2012.

Thursday, July 26, 2012:

Governor Romney will meet with British leaders including, Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Former Prime Minister Tony Blair, Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband, Foreign Secretary William Hague, and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.

Friday, July 27, 2012:

Romney will meet with Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Later, he’ll meet with U.S. Olympic athletes and attend the 2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremonies. USA! USA! USA! (We know the strong passion The Gov has for the Olympics – the spirit of competition – and for the capacity of the games to inspire unity, mutual understanding, and respect across the world. Romney is known for his turnaround of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.) Also, if schedules can be coordinated, he may try to meet with other world leaders who are in London for the Olympics.

Israel

The gleam from the Dome of the Rock reflects the afternoon sun in Jerusalem, Israel. Among the Israeli leaders meeting with Mitt Romney will be Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Sunday, July 29, 2012:

Romney has been to Israel three times in the past, on a family visit in the late 1990s and, in 2007 and 2011, on fact-finding trips focused on security and economic issues.

On this trip, he’ll meet first with Daniel Shapiro, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, who will give him a briefing. Romney will also meet with Israeli officials including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres, and will also sit down with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. He has met them all on previous trips.

While aides say Romney will not specifically criticize the president’s Middle East policy while he is in Israel, he will continue to make the case for standing with Israel – as he often does on the campaign trail. “America needs to stand by its allies, particularly allies that are under siege like Israel, particularly democratic allies who have such a shared history and shared values with America” Dan Senor, a special adviser on foreign policy, told reporters in previewing Romney’s message.

In an op-ed written yesterday, former U.S. Senator Norm Coleman (GOP) shares the following:

By sheer coincidence, Romney is an old and personal friend of Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Romney’s first job after finishing up at Harvard was at the Boston Consulting Group, and Netanyahu was working there at the time and sat in an office down the hall. The two struck up a friendship and have remained close. If Romney were to become president, it would be an extraordinary chapter in U.S.-Israeli relations.

“There is little precedent,” The New York Times wrote recently, “for two politicians of their stature to have such a history together that predates their entry into government.”

Certainly Israel could use a close friend in the White House these days.

Over the last three years, however, the U.S.-Israeli relationship has been troubled.

President Obama does not seem to have personal affection for the Jewish state. He has publicly castigated Israel, including at the United Nations. He was caught on a hot microphone denigrating Israel’s prime minister, and when Netanyahu came to Washington he received him with marked coolness, neglecting to hold the customary joint news conference before asking the Israeli leader to exit through a rear door.

Romney will also deliver remarks while in Israel.

Poland

The skyline over Gdansk, Poland turns a rosy hue at dusk. Governor Romney will meet with Poland’s former President Lech Walesa in the port city.

Monday, July 30, 2012:

Romney’s final destination is Poland, where he will meet with the current leadership, including President Bronislaw Komorowski, Prime Minister Donald Tusk, and Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski. Romney will also meet with Lech Walesa, the former Polish president and winner of the 1983 Nobel Peace Prize. Walesa, who was president from 1990 to 1995 and oversaw Poland’s transition out of communism, was the one who invited Romney to visit his country.

Ian Brzezinski, another Romney adviser, said the visit to Poland will highlight an important alliance that is “rich in history” — from Polish support for the American revolution all the way through Iraq and Afghanistan, where the country has sent troops to assist in the U.S.-led war efforts. Romney will also point to country’s economic success, which he will say stems from free market principles and capitalism – the themes he pushes on the campaign trail at home.

“This is a country that stands in sharp contrast economically to the rest of Europe where economies are dropping by about 5% or more,” Brzezinski told reporters.

Romney will also deliver remarks and visit historical sights in Poland. The ‘Lech Walesa Institute’ said in a statement that Governor Romney is visiting Poland by special invitation, issued to him at the beginning of the month, by President Walesa:

Poland and Poles are paying close attention to the election campaign in the United States, focused on choosing a leader for the American nation for the next four years,” Walesa wrote in the invitation dated July 4.

Their choice will influence the fate of America and the world.

Walesa refused to meet with Obama last year, saying “It doesn’t suit me.”

Romney’s invitation from freedom-fighter Walesa is, indeed, a high honor.

This will be a memorable week for Mitt and Ann as they find themselves in the international spotlight. It’s another opportunity for world leaders and the good people in England, Israel, and Poland to see that the USA has an opportunity, through Mitt Romney, to elect a strong, seasoned statesman who will once again respect our allies, strengthen our partnerships, and instill renewed confidence in the mighty cause of freedom.

To Mitt and Ann, Godspeed!

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13 Responses to Romney Heads to England, Israel, Poland: Meeting Cameron, Kenny, Netanyahu, Walesa & More

  1. Jayde Wyatt says:

    Former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton: “I think [Romney’s] simple presence in Israel says it all. Obama has been in office three and a half years and he has had time to do more fundraisers than any other first-term American president; has probably played more rounds of golf than any other president since Dwight Eisenhower. And yet he has not had time to fit into his busy schedule even one trip to Israel.”

  2. Paulee Willette says:

    Nice article, Jayde. Thank you.. I fully agree Governor Romney going to Israel shows committment and dedication to our support of our ally. Obama has spent way too much time for personal promotion and relaxation than promoting good will to our neighbors. Perhaps, he feared Prime Minister Netanyahu would see right though him. God Speed to Gov. Romney!!!!

  3. Paulee Willette says:

    oppps…Allie above…please excuse??? And then through? No delete…wake me up!!! LOL

  4. Hispana says:

    Jayde, Wonderful article as always and what a great opportunity for Mitt to spread his message around the world. And may God be with him.

  5. colleen says:

    Mitt — Moving through Europe as he prepares to take his place in November as leader of the free world. Our allies can trust Romney. Americans can trust Romney!

  6. Tim Shaw Sr. says:

    This trip will show foreign leaders and the American people that Gov Romney has the stature, knowledge of complex international affairs, and the promise to keep America strong as a protector of world peace. I will be proud to be his supporter as he travels to these important countries. It is significant that he will visit Isreal, which Obama hasn’t bothered doing while president, and that the Polish people invited him after uninvited Obama because he stabbed them in the back by removing their promised missile defense system without even consulting them, is that the way you treat an Allie by kicking them in the head? Sounds like the Poles would love to have Romney in the White House.

  7. Annette S says:

    Obama has never visited Israel even once since he has taken office!! Unbelievable! With all Obama’s effort trying to be a liason between the Palestinians and Israel, I figured he’d been to Israel at least once. The Palestinians send rockets into Israel with the aid of Iran and yet Obama acts as though both countries are equally responsible for the conflict. He even wanted Israel to go back to 1964 borders. I just don’t understand the indifference that Obama and his allies have towards Israel. Israel, a democracy and a strong ally needs all of our full support. They are surrounded by terrorist sponsering countries.

    I was glad to see that Romney will be meeting with Tony Blair. He was very close to Bush and supported his fight against terrorism.

  8. AfricansforRomney says:

    Have a safe and productive visit. The Olympic visit publicity will be priceless. It is an amazing success story. Gov Romney, pleasse don’t be shy about your success. Brag about it! It is a great moment to introudce your accomplishment for the people still don’t know you. You’ve a wonderful story to tell.

    Well, Prez Obama and his wife was an embarrassment for 2016 Olympic. Actually, Chicago was the last just in the 1st round. Rio over Chicago? kekekeke

  9. Georgia Tauchas says:

    God Be With You and Ann on this wonderful trip!

  10. AfricansforRomney says:

    I think Gov Romney surrogates should keep the campaign going in the domestic fronts. Obama’s scare tactic campaign is a big threat for Gov Romney and GOP leaders in FL, PA, OH where many senior citizens lives. Obama and his camps are scaring citizens by telling lies that “Gov Romney will cut your benefits”. Remember, Obama’s campaign strategy is that convinicing people by repeating the same lie over and over. The FL Obama trip on 7/20/12 @ npr report link gives a snapshot what’s going on,

    http://www.npr.org/2012/07/20/157084524/obama-lobbies-seniors-in-florida-for-their-vote

  11. Jim Tills says:

    Romney, Romney he’s our man
    Obama can’t do it; Romney can
    To England, Israel, Poland too
    Proving to allies, we are true!

    How wonderful to have such a gifted, inspired candidate for POTUS. American people, let’s go for the gusto, rid ourselves of the socialistic drift and come back to principles that work. Vote for Romney and conservatives across the entire political spectrum!!!

  12. ccr says:

    @Jayde………..totally unbelievable is the treatment of BHO to Israel, the democracy in the ME. While reading the article, I was reminded of the TOTAL lack of respect shown PM Netanyahu by no joint press conference AND leaving by the BACK door!! WHO in their right mind thinks BHO is a “nice man”??? Except those………….who hold the same ideology he does!

  13. Cathy says:

    What a wonderful opportunity for Mitt to meet with many leaders in Europe. He’s preparing for his presidency and letting the world know he’s extending a hand of friendship to all. What a great example Mitt is, of what a POTUS should be to the US and to the world. I’m more impressed with this man every day and know the world will be a better place with Mitt at the helm.